Alternative, natural treatment for insomnia

Insomnia is a sleeping condition, but more commonly, insomnia presents as a symptom of another health condition, such as chronic pain or PTSD. However, recently in the UK, increasing numbers of people who have been unable to manage their sleeping issues with traditional treatments have found solace in plant-based insomnia treatments.

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improvement in quality of sleep when using natural, plant-based oil


decrease in insomnia severity scores after two weeks of alternative herbal sleep treatment

1 in 3

people are affected by insomnia in the UK

Only 13%

of adults are aware plant-based treatments can be legally prescribed for insomnia

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my plant-based treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Trouble getting to sleep

Disturbed sleep (frequently waking up)

Abdominal pain

Feeling tired

Increased irritability

Trouble concentrating

Increased anxiety

Having memory issues

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have insomnia. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

To treat short term insomnia, typically over the counter sleeping aids, lifestyle adaptations, or natural, holistic remedies like lavender are recommended. In the UK, doctors can prescribe sedatives to those struggling with long-term insomnia, although this is rare and often only considered as a last resort. Typically, your GP will try to find out what's causing the insomnia and treat that first, to see if the insomnia improves, or refer patients to a sleep clinic for further investigation and treatment.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Relaxation therapy





If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments for insomnia, natural, alternative treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"There is now good real world evidence that medical cannabis provides excellent mood uplifting effects as well as reducing the crippling effects of anxiety. When prescribed in a controlled manner in a clinical setting such as here at Releaf, patients have a clinical touch point with a Consultant so that, should their mental health deteriorate whilst in receipt of a prescription, their condition may be expertly managed without undue delay."

Dr David Tang

Psychiatric Specialist

Can natural treatments aid insomnia?

Getting sufficient sleep and good rest is integral to our overall health and wellbeing, and so, insomnia can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, and ability to perform their everyday activities and routines.

However, recently, alternative, plant-based treatments have emerged as a popular insomnia treatment option, because of their sedative effects, which can decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and increase the feeling of sleepiness. 

Other natural chemicals may be useful in preventing insomnia onset, because they are known to relieve stress, anxiety and depression, which are common causes of sleeping disorders. 

Although evidence in this field is limited, patient response surveys show improved sleep is one of the first notable changes patients typically experience when they start plant-based treatments, which holds great promise for patients with insomnia. 

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